Portuguese Wine


Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some outstanding examples of still wines, mostly from the north of the country where conditions are not as hot. The appellations are classified as D.O.C., Denominacao de Origem Controlada. 
Many factors contributed to what has become the modern Portuguese winemaking industry, such as the boom in Port shipping, the effects of the 19th century Phylloxera and oidium crisis and subsequent vine replantings and the rise of estates (quintas), not to mention joining the European Union in 1986.
The main still wine producing regions are the Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Vinho Verde, Terras do Sado and Alentejo. Much of the wine is produced with indigenous grape varietials, often with many in the blend, that give it distinct and delicious character. These include for whites: Loureiro, Arinto, Malvasia Fina and Alvarinho. For reds: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Aragones), Baga, Castelao and Trincadeira Read more »

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Ricardo Bernardo

I'm Portuguese and I work on hospitality. Passionate about the Algarve and is food. What atracts me on the wine world it's the variety and the different results using the same grape. First memory with wine, magnum bottles from red wine from Dão.

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Periquita

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Subregions of Portugal

  • Alentejo

      This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The cli...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Madeira

    Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discov...

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Açores

  • Alenquer

Popular Wineries in Portugal View all

  • Caves São João

    Allying family tradition and a history throughout generations to the most modern methods in produ...

  • Sogrape - Mateus

    With its current strategic vision SOGRAPE is overseeing a “homecoming”, a return to the character...

  • Taylor Fladgate

    Taylor Fladgate is the only Port wine shipper to remain completely independent throughout its 3...

  • Casa de Vila Verde

    Located in the demarcated region of Vinhos Verdes, in the heart of the Sousa River valley, Casa d...

  • Agricola Quinta Da Lagoalva

    Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima is located 2km from Alpiarça and stretches along the south bank of the...

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

    Graham’s Port was founded in 1820 by Scottish brothers William and John Graham in Oporto, Port...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage 2007


    Rich, deep ruby red/purple/brown tones with a beautiful dark dark fruit aroma profile....hints of licorice/chocolate, and loads of black cherry. The flavors are amazingly deep and fruity, Earthy, tannic. The mouthfeel is as though there has been heavy cream added to the fermentation process....Simply gorgeous LBV Port and as of late 2015, this... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Have you ever been to Portugal DMCKER? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Portugal Wine Travel Stories

  • Hello Manny,Ohh boy, what a wonderful story. It makes my guide seem like ... ... for Wine Tourism in Portugal and get to travel to Portugal to experience wine travel quite often. When are you going? Maybe we could meet up?BestNels Read More

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  • Hi Nelson,My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Portugal in the fall of 2013, including 5 days in the Douro Valley. In the Douro, we stayed at the Aquapuro Douro Hotel.  Of all the wine regions we have visited, I believe the Douro is the most spectacular.  The vineyards rising up from the river were breathtaking.  When looking at them from close range ... Read More

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  • José Maria da Fonseca Periquita Original Vinho Regional Península de Setúbal/Terras Do Sado 2012


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    Wine review by yarnanimal

  • Ciconia Touriga Nacional 2012


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Hello Al,This trip sounded wonderful and yes you need to come back to experience the Douro Valley. Let me know if I can help . Read More

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  • We did a trip to Portugal and Spain back in 2008 but wine wasn't the focus of our trip.  I would have loved to tour the Douro Valley.   Read More

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  • Hello DMCKER,Thanks for your message. I can absolutely understand that you ... ... me and from Wine Tourism in Portugal. I am going to copy here an excerpt of my Douro Valley Wine Travel guide. I  am sure you can find plenty of good information there.You can read the whole article hereDuring the first couple of weeks of July 2015, I was a gues... Read More

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  • Great story, Manny, and you remind us all of what great wine-country touring is about--even (or especially?) beyond Sonoma!  ;-) Read More

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  • I love the wines and the people in Portugal.. they are trully wonderful, beautiful, loving and sincere people. Have a couple great friends that I have met on a social site. Known them for two years just chatting and talking on live chats. We have a good friendship. MAUH... abracos y beijos ;)

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  • it has fine wines to many for me to remember

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol

  • espiga wine please

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    Comment by 355028JOJOBO 355028 JOJOBO

  • i love the countrys history and they have good food great wine

    Comment by 377720machita17 377720 machita17

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